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Viasat Explore

Viasat Explore
Launched 6 January 2002
Owned by Modern Times Group
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV), HDTV
Audience share 0.1% (2008, [1])
Broadcast area Several European countries
Formerly called Viasat Explorer (2002-2014)
Sister channel(s) Viasat History
Website Viasat World
Availability
Satellite
Viasat Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
UPC Direct Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia
Focus Sat Romania
Digi TV Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia
Boom TV Romania
Max TV Romania
Moldova
Total TV Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulsatcom Bulgaria
Vivacom Bulgaria
Viasat Ukraine Ukraine
Cable
Com Hem Sweden
YouSee Denmark
Canal Digital Sweden
LumoTV Finland
Tele2Vision Sweden
Sonera Finland
Welho Finland
RCS (Romania) Channel 41
UPC Romania Channel 314
Stream-TV Russia
ER-Telecom Russia
Uralsvyazinform Russia
AlmaTV Kazakhstan
Digital TV Kazakhstan
ICON Kazakhstan
UPC Poland Channel 396
Lattelecom Latvia
IZZI Latvia
Elektrons&K Latvia
Teledünya Turkey
IPTV
Moldtelecom (Moldova) Channel 407
Open Serbia

Viasat Explore is a television channel owned by Modern Times Group showing documentaries about wild animals, extreme sports, adventure, travel and technology. Viasat Explore is a pan Nordic and pan East European service. With headquarters based in London, United Kingdom, the channel started its broadcasts in the Scandinavian countries and after a few years expanded to many East European markets including the Baltic countries.

The service was launched in January 2002 as Viasat Explorer in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.[2] On 1 November 2003 it expanded into Ukraine, Russia, Kazahstan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2006, all Serbian cable operators and their satellite platform, Total TV began with broadcasting this channel.[3]

Viasat Explore does not produce any programmes of its own but acquiers programming from American and European production houses.

The channel is now a 24-hour service in direct competition with the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel. Since 2012, Viasat Explorer together with sisterchannels Viasat History and Viasat Nature are broadcast in HD together with the SD feed on the Viasat satellite platform. The channel was rebranded as Viasat Explore on 29 April 2014, gaining a new ident package and logo and dropping the "X" letter from its logo in flavour of an "E".

References

  1. ^ Årsrapport 2008 (PDF). Mediamätning i Skandinavien. 
  2. ^ "Viasat to offer four new TV channels on digital platform" (Press release). Modern Times Group. December 20, 2001. 
  3. ^ "Viasat Explorer channel to launch in Eastern Europe" (Press release). Modern Times Group. October 20, 2003. 
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